December 12, 2011
In this post in the U.S. Department of State's "DipNote" blog, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, report on the relationship between gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV, writing, "The United States recognizes the importance of preventing and responding to GBV within our policies and programs -- to promote human rights, achieve global health and development goals, and advance our foreign policy objectives," adding, "It's essential to translate our high-level commitments into concrete changes on the ground and in the lives of those who experience violence." They conclude, "Linking GBV and HIV efforts is a powerful strategy for eliminating the structural drivers of each. Just as no one intervention can create an AIDS-free generation on its own, no single intervention will eliminate GBV. But, with the right combination, we are transforming commitment into action" (12/9).